‘Out of Control’ Natalie Collins Book Review

May 1st, 2019 Bev's Blog 5 min read

I don’t usually do book reviews but I’m making an exception in this case. Natalie Collins has made the transition from domestic violence survivor to a gender-justice specialist who is nationally known for the clarity of her insights into domestic violence, including into homes in which church and faith are a major component. This book demystifies the religious rhetoric which often muddies the water of…


Dec 21st, 2018 Bev's Blog 7 min read

TANYA MARLOW is my guest writer. You will love her strong and insightful take on the innkeeper in the story of Jesus’ birth. They were filthy, both of them. The donkey, too. They stank, and the woman was drenched in sweat. So, there was that, for a start.Plus, they couldn’t have chosen at a worse time to turn up – the house was already teeming…

AUTHENTICITY: It’s a choice

Jul 25th, 2018 Bev's Blog 7 min read

  I was my mother’s difficult child; must have been a shock after my two well behaved sisters. I was the kid who never followed the pattern. My school reports said: Beverley is very intelligent but will not conform. I don’t know why. There’s just something about me that hates having to corset my heart and Botox my personality in order to toe the company…


Jul 15th, 2018 Bev's Blog 8 min read

I’ve learned that leadership and followership is reciprocal: you become like the leader you follow. If the leader has courage, the followers rise in courage. If the leader feels the end justifies the means, so do the followers. If the leader is a liar, the followers accept lying as normal and do likewise. The importance or unimportance of characteristics such as personal integrity, kindness, or…


Jun 23rd, 2018 Bev's Blog 8 min read

  I’ve come to love the Proverbs 31 woman. I realise now she is the sum total of everything we could be, rather than everything we should be. Solomon’s mum wrote to advise him about the kind of wife he needed to look for and we have misunderstood that in epic proportions. Far from being a real person, she is our permission to be anything…


Jun 14th, 2018 Bev's Blog 8 min read

The world stands or falls on leadership. This is true of nations, corporations, churches, charities, the military, businesses, and any other group you can think of. Whenever people combine their resources to make the world a better place, whether it’s through consulting and advising, creating and developing, managing and facilitating, or just plain helping out, it needs people up front and centre operating as leaders….


Jun 5th, 2018 Bev's Blog 7 min read

We tend to think leadership is all about how well we communicate, how clear and focused our vision is, how ordered our plans are and how well we engage with people we hope will accompany us on our mission. But there’s more to leadership than being The Boss. Leadership is about shared humanity. It’s about being human amongst other humans with whom we share the…


Mar 30th, 2018 Bev's Blog 3 min read

  Soft sand slid under His feet. The air was pure and fragrant, redolent with the life it carried as He breathed it deep into His lungs, His body regaining strength as lifeblood coursed again through His veins. Three days in the grave, bound and lifeless as His Spirit travelled on its crucial journey into the depths of hell. His mission? To reclaim the Keys…


Feb 5th, 2017 Bev's Blog 4 min read

I had been preaching at a conference in South Africa and was now in a taxi on the way to the airport. My driver was a mixed-race guy, friendly and affable, so I was encouraged in our conversation to ask him to tell me about the changes he’d experienced in South Africa in the years since apartheid was outlawed. What followed was a shocking conversation…


Jan 23rd, 2017 Bev's Blog 4 min read

  My guest blogger is Pastor Kylie Garrett. I know you’ll love her take on the rub in leadership.   There’s plenty of ‘rub’ in leadership, those things that make you moan internally and want to roll your eyes or screw up your face.  They’re little and they’re big, they’re annoying and disheartening, they’re ever present and never failing! They’re the ‘rub’ that if allowed,…